Super Dinosaur

Super Dinosaur #22

by Alan Rapp on March 4, 2014

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Super Dinosaur #22The battle for the fate of the Dynamo Dome begins as Tyrannosaurus X and his dyno-soldiers invade just as Derek and Super Dinosaur make it back with the cure to bring Derek’s mother out her long coma and into a world that she may not be quite ready to face.

There’s plenty of action to be found here, along with a new suit of armor for Super Dinosaur, as all the residents take up arms (including Erika and Erin, and their parents) to kick the dinosaurs out of their homes. Fans waiting for an action-packed issue between Super Dinosaur and all of his various enemies will certainly get their money’s worth here.

Ending on a cliffhanger with Mega Raptor defeated, but the fate of Dynamo Dome still in doubt, Derek’s mother makes a dangerous choice that her son may never be able to forgive her for. It will be interesting to see how her actions, both immediate genocidal tendencies and future actions, will effect the dynamic of the book going forward. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #21

by Alan Rapp on February 3, 2014

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Super Dinosaur #21In need of a chemical to help revive his mother from her suspended animation, Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur head out on a stealth mission to break into one of Max Maximus‘ old safe houses (which has been taken over by Tyrannosaurus X and his army.

The choice of Derek and SD for a stealth mission is pretty questionable and provides some fun (Super Dinosaur’s reaction to being seen, Wheels’ new flight mode) and head-scratching moments (Super Dinosaur inexplicably falling asleep in the enemy base – unless this is foreshadowing something more ominous down the line).

Honestly anytime I find a Super Dinosaur comic I’m pleasantly surprised as the series release schedule has become incredibly inconsistent. Writer Robert Kirkman and artist Jason Howard have been putting out only a single issue of the monthly title every four months. Although there are a couple odd moments here, there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #20

by Alan Rapp on September 3, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #20After a three-month hiatus Super Dinosaur returns with new toys for Derek Dynamo and his best bud Super Dinosaur and a new mission to find the right isotope needed from Max Maximus‘ former confederates which is the only possible cure for his mother’s coma.

With no word on the series for months I had wondered if it had been cancelled. Thankfully Derek and SD live to fight on another day as the latest issue dresses the pair as both ninja gear and spies – because if you’ve never seen a talking Tyrannosaurus Rex in a tux try to talk his way into an exclusive party you haven’t really lived.

While working diligently on finding a cure for his mother both Derek and his father let other problems slide as the issue’s B-story sets up the next arc when Tyrannosaurus-X liberates the Dino Men from Earthcore Headquarters and begins to set in motion his new villainous scheme. I’ve missed you Super Dinosaur, welcome back. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #19

by Alan Rapp on May 8, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #19Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur get their first taste of Tyrannosaurus X when the super-powered dinosaur version of Max Maximus battles the two heroes above the Statue of Liberty and all through New York City.

The pair have their hands full with a villain whose at least as smart as Derek and more powerful than Super Dinosaur. In terms of action Super Dinosaur #19 certainly delivers as the entire comic (aside from the scenes shown in Dynamo Dome) are all focused on the fight (and Tyrannosaurus X kicking our heroes butts).

Although Derek and SD win the day (with a little luck and a giant explosion from SD’s overloaded armor), the comic does a good job of setting up Tyrannosaurus X as a legitimate threat in a way that mad scientist Max Maximus never quite worked. Here’s hoping we see much more of the new super-villain in the coming months. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #18

by Alan Rapp on April 11, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #18The latest issue of Super Dinosaur gives us the destruction of Castle Maximus, the rescue of Julianna Dynamo, the capture of Max Maximus, and the birth of the series’ new villain Tyrannosaurus X (who is ever bit as awesome as his name would suggest).

The comic begins with the destruction of Maximus’ home base just as Super Dinosaur and his team were preparing their assault, putting all the heroes a bit on edge throughout the rest of the comic, particularly Derek who still can’t remember his mother even after the team finds her comatose body (possibly foreshadowing more twists to this story?).

The best part of Super Dinosaur #18 is the evolution of Minimus into the far more deadly threat of Tyrannosaurus X. Aside from looking pretty cool, the character’s unique match of brains and brawn gives the series a legitimate super-villain whose far more interesting, and threatening, than Maximus. His addition also pumps some new life into a comic that at times (despite it’s absurdly awesome premise) has felt a little stale. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #17

by Alan Rapp on February 11, 2013

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Super Dinosaur #17Derek and Super Dinosaur continue to try and stop the Civil War on the moon by hunting down the missing children of both families in Paris and explaining what their Romeo & Juliet love affair and unexplained disappearance has wrought.

There’s a good amount of action here, including Super Dinosaur breaking out his new Stealth Jet Armor for the first time. While playing on a Shakespearean story, Robert Kirkman certainly doesn’t go too highbrow to turn off his younger readers (both Derek and SD are amused and disgusted to learn the alien bugs eat poop). It’s a little sophomoric (especially as Kirkman brings up the subject multiple times) but certainly not out of character for our heroes.

The comic’s B-story continues Dr. Dynamo’s search for his wife. The final pages bring Derek in on the truth of his missing mother and set the stage for the comic’s next big arc. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #16

by Alan Rapp on January 2, 2013

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super-dinosaur-16-coverI have four words for you: Super Dinosaur in space! If that isn’t enough to pique your interest than I don’t know what else to say.

When trouble arises on the moon Derek Dynamo and Super Dinosaur are sent to the secret “Inner-Moon” colony of the Kalish who include two races, the Krill and the Sloon, whose differences have led to an all-out civil war inside the heart of the moon.

Finally getting the two sides to stop fighting, Derek uncovers the reason for the recent heating up of the long-dormant feud. The son and daughter of both leaders have vanished, secretly traveling to Earth, sparking the renewal of the hostilities. To keep the delicate temporary truce, Derek and SD will have to return to Earth and find the pair and bring them home.

Fun stuff. I especially like seeing Super Dinosaur in his own space suit. The comic seems to foreshadow a Romeo and Juliet tale between the offspring of the warring tribes, but we’ll have to wait until next month to see if that’s case. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #15

by Alan Rapp on November 15, 2012

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super-dinosaur-15Super Dinosaur #15 concludes the Inner Earth storyline as Derek is able to escape the clutches of The Exile, reconnect with Super Dinosaur and his friends, and make his way home. The action is certainly fast and furious, but Derek’s reunion with his friends does feel a little rushed compared to the amount of time the arc has spent with the other aspects of this story.

Although Derek, Super Dinosaur, and the other children manage to make it back home from Inner Earth safely, writer Robert Kirkman lays down quite a bit of foreshadowing and the events from this arc are likely to have long term consequences for everyone involved.

The Exile is imprisoned but his theory on life on the surface has been proven and he has plenty of time to plot his revenge. We also get SD finally making a connection in Inner Earth when the group is saved thanks to help from another Tyrannosaurus rex, only to have to abandon his new friend to help Derek get safely home. It may be a bit rushed, but Super Dinosaur #15 is a good conclusion to the arc. Next month: Super Dinosaur in space! Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #14

by Alan Rapp on October 4, 2012

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The “Inner Earth” story arc continues as Derek and his kidnapper, the Exile, try to stay one-step ahead of the soldiers who want them both dead on orders by the Exile’s brother. After making their escape from the palace Derek meets the rest of the resistance, other Reptiloids that believe life could exist on the face of the planet. With one side wanting him dead (as his very existence is sacrilege) and the other wanting to invade the surface of the planet, Derek is stuck in the middle. Thankfully, for him, he’s a clever kid.

We also get more of Derek’s rescue team (Super Dinosaur, Elliot, Erika and Erin) braving the various dinosaurs and creatures while searching for their missing friend, and Super Dinosaur comes to the sad conclusion that the truth of Inner Earth is far less glamorous than his dreams.

The issue keeps the story moving forward, although with the time split between the groups we don’t get as far down the road as I’d like. Still, there are plenty of action scenes for both Derek and his friends and some humorous moments, such as Derek introducing himself to the non-believers. Worth a look.

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Super Dinosaur #13

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2012

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super-dinosaur-13-coverKidnapped and taken into Inner Earth by the Exile, Derek learns the truth about his captor in the latest issue. It turns out the Exile isn’t the super-villain Derek believed him to be but a member of the royal family who was banished for his theories of life on the surface of the Earth.

As Derek works on escaping, and even defending the creature that kidnapped him, Super Dinosaur brings his team to the rescue. There’s one big continuity error here with the ease SD and the kids make it into Inner Earth (a place that super-villains and scientists alike have been spending decades trying to discover).

You can’t really overlook such a big plot issue, but there’s enough fun here, including some great action, that you aren’t forced to dwell on it. You probably aren’t reading a title like Super Dinosaur for its logic or consistency. Still, it’s troubling.

The quick shift into the motivations of the Exile and the unexpected complexity of the politics in Inner Earth is a nice touch. I’m hoping the characters get to spend more time exploring the world before reuniting and returning to the surface. For fans.

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